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Salix alba var. vitellina ‘Yelverton’ (Golden Willow)

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Noted for its colorful stems and stunning winter display, Salix alba var. vitellina ‘Yelverton’ (Golden Willow) is a deciduous tree, often grown as a multi-stemmed shrub. It sports bright, reddish-orange and yellow-orange new stems that are particularly noticeable and pretty in winter. In spring and summer, it bears narrow, lanceolate, finely-toothed leaves that usually turn yellow in the fall, before falling to the ground and revealing the spectacular stems. In late spring, flowering catkins appear on separate male and female trees. An invaluable addition to the winter garden.

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows quickly up to 15-70 ft. high (4-21 m) and 10-40 ft. across (3-12 m). This plant can produce 6-8 ft. (180-240 cm) of new growth in one growing season! If not pruned severely, it can eventually mature into a large shrub or medium size tree.
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade, in average, moist, well-drained soils. It is not fussy about soils provided they are kept evenly moist and well-drained.
  • Easy to grow, easy to care for and deer tolerant. Watch for aphids, caterpillars, leaf beetles, sawflies or rust.
  • Great for shrub borders or as an informal hedge or privacy screen. Great for erosion control, along streams or ponds, for coastal gardens.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or hardwood cuttings in winter
  • While pruning is not required, it should be noted that the best winter stem color appears on new growth. For the best display, cut the stems close to the ground every year in early spring, just as the leaf buds start to swell. This radical pruning, however, means that you will have a bare spot in the garden for a few weeks. Alternatively, if severe pruning seems to onerous, one third or one half of the oldest stems could be pruned in early spring of each year, to stimulate the growth of new stems.
  • Salix alba species is native to Europe, North Africa and Central Asia.
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.
  • Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Salicaceae
Genus Salix
Common names Willow
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' - 70'
(4.6m - 21.3m)
Spread 10' - 40'
(3m - 12.2m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Ponds And Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Salix lasiandra (Shining Willow)
Salix exigua (Coyote Willow)
Salix lasiolepis (Arroyo Willow)
Salix nigra (Black Willow)
Salix purpurea (Purple Willow)
Salix gracilistyla ‘Mount Aso’ (Japanese Pink Pussy Willow)

Recommended Companion Plants

Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ (Wintercreeper)
Cornus sericea ‘Cardinal’ (Redtwig Dogwood)
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii ‘Grayswood Ghost’ (Himalayan Birch)
Erica carnea ‘December Red’ (Winter Heath)
Pennisetum alopecuroides (Fountain Grass)
Festuca glauca ‘Blaufuchs’ (Blue Fescue)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Salicaceae
Genus Salix
Common names Willow
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' - 70'
(4.6m - 21.3m)
Spread 10' - 40'
(3m - 12.2m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Ponds And Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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